Interested in exploring a career in civil planning? It’s a great line of work with growing opportunities. Civil planners develop and use land use plans and programs to help create communities, make room for growing populations, and revitalizing physical facilities in both rural and urban areas across the country. They work mostly in local government, but an increasing number of them are hired by architectural, engineering, and related service companies. Similarly, management, scientific and technical consulting service companies are hiring these professionals as well. Planners work throughout the country with a focus in large metropolitan areas as that is where their services are most in demand.
Here’s a look at the outlook and required skills for civil planners.
Civil planners generally make around $68,000 per year or about $32 per hour. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of urban and regional planners will grow by 6 percent over the next 10 years. As aging infrastructure and facilities within the larger cities of the United States require updates and populations continue to grow, civil planner will be needed to develop revitalization projects and address key issues of population growth, housing, access to utilities, transportation, and environmental degradation. While job opportunities often depend heavily on local economic conditions, planners who are willing to relocate for work will have more job opportunities.
Civil planners are responsible for the preparation of work procedures, installation and test packages, and associated support documentation. They analyze project problems and make recommendations of corrective actions. They monitor scope, budgets, and schedules to ensure project objectives are achieved. They work with a variety of cross-functional stakeholders and need to be able to communicate and work with a broad range of professionals. The most important skills for a civil planner include analytical skills, communication skills, decision-making skills, management skills, and writing skills.
Planners regularly analyze information, plans, and data from a wide variety of sources, and use statistical techniques to provide solutions. Knowledge of GIS systems and mapping are very helpful to civil planners. These professionals must be able to communicate clearly and effectively in presentations and plans with a wide variety of audiences, such as public officials, interest groups, and community members. A balance of creative thinking and realistic problem solving will go a long way toward providing the necessary skills.
Education and Training
Most planners have at least a master’s degree from an accredited urban or regional planning program. Many of those students who enter such a program have a bachelor’s degree in economics, geography, political science, or environmental design. As of 2015, the only state that requires planners to be licensed is the state of New Jersey. The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) offers the professional AICP certification for planners who meet certain education and experience requirements and pass an exam. This certification must be maintained every 2 years. While this certification is not required for all planning positions, some organizations favor candidates with this level of qualification.
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